Alternative Castle Wedding in Wiltshire | Old Wardour Castle | Kelly & Thom

Kelly & Thom got married in the Pavilion Room at Old Wardour Castle in Wiltshire. Ever since they sent me a copy of their wedding invitation, I was excited for their wedding!

Kelly & Thom met on Tumblr and have had a long distance relationship, Kelly is from Idaho U.S and Thom is from the U.K, hence the travel theme of their wedding! Kelly & Thom a musician & photographer, amongst other things are both creative types and so were a joy to work with!

We started the day with Kelly who got up early to prepare for their morning ceremony, so lots of coffee was needed! Kelly had plenty of assistance from her Maid of Honour, Jake, who stood in after one of Kelly’s girlfriends couldn’t make it to the wedding. Jake plays guitar in a Jazz band with Kelly, who sings. Jake was wonderful at his role and didn’t get flustered at all, even while attempting to get Kelly in her corseted wedding dress! Most importantly Jake made Kelly giggle while she got ready & throughout the day!

Herbie the VW beetle took Kelly & Jake to Old Wardour Castle. Old Wardour Castle is a magical place and a special place for Scott and I too as its where we got married 5 years ago! Kelly & Thom love all things fantasy, so an English Castle ruins that looks like its straight out of a fairytale was the perfect place for their celebration.

We shot a first look with Kelly & Thom, which we love to do if we can as you can’t beat a first look outside away from onlookers it makes for some lovely photos. Tom hid away in the castle while Kelly walked across the grass into the castle to tap Thom on the shoulder.

After the ceremony guests gathered in the Castle ruins for coffee and pastries and everyone explored the castle and it’s grounds beside the lake. After a break during the day the wedding party met back up at the couple’s reception, a Marquee in the Salisbury countryside with far reaching views. The marquee was decorated carrying on Kelly & Thom’s travel theme. It was the Summer Solstice and so the longest day of the year and come evening we headed out into the fields with Kelly & Thom to capture the evening sunset. Plenty of fun was had with garden games, a bouncy castle, popcorn machine & in the evening the Mobile pizzeria & a Crepe N Waffle stop! We left Kelly & Thom after their sparkler send off after a truly magical day!

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I also had to include one of the reading's Kelly & Thom chose for their ceremony as it was so beautiful and very them!

Abridged quote by Carl Sagan, from Pale Blue Dot

The Earth is an island. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, for us to migrate. Like it or not, for the moment, the Earth is where we make our stand.

Now, It can be scary and make us all feel small, but the world is so exquisite and filled with so much love and moral depth, that there is no reason to deceive ourselves with empty comforts. Far better is to look death in the eye and to be grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides.

Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another like him. Marvel at the realization that the nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, and the carbon in our wedding rings were all forged inside the hearts of of collapsing stars. We are all of us made of starstuff.

If that too leaves you alone and afraid, there's only one thing we've found in all of our searching that can make the emptiness bearable, and that is each other.

For small creatures such as we, the vastness is only truly bearable through love.

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